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30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

I’m a master procrastinator, a couch lover and a guy who has been nicknamed “the last minute man” (kids have batman and superman, why can’t I get a name?). Nobody can tell you more about procrastination than I.

Below I listed 30 habits of procrastinators. If you find yourself having more than seven then a procrastinator is who you are (and that’s not flattering, you gotta do something about it asap!).

1.You get up late

You try to be an all-nighter and you delay your important tasks to the early AMs. Finally you end the night with a series of “energizing naps” which stop when you suddenly realize that it’s already the next afternoon and you’re not finished.

    2.Everytime is your bed time

    Like I just stated, you don’t know when to sleep or when you wake up. So you simply sleep when you want to procrastinate. You don’t have a certain time to start working which makes it hard to get anything done.

      3.You are getting addictive

      Eating, drinking or nail biting calms you down for a while when you are nervous and stressed. But you just do it to get away from the boring to do list that you have on your shoulder.

        4.When it’s too hard, you give up

        You’re in love with new beginnings, a new movie to watch, or a new piece of cake to eat. You’re just so stressed that the only way to get out of it is to give up.

          5.You no longer trust yourself

          You never keep a promise, especially to yourself. You know that promises are stronger than you and that you can’t get out of it, so you just stop making them.

            6.You envy hard workers

            You admire how organized hard workers are. You really admire them and you want to be the same but deep inside you believe that you can’t That’s why the more you procrastinate the more you admire hard workers.

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              7.Your life is in a predictable loop

              Procrastination became a rooted habit and you can predict your day before it even begins. You know what you can and what you can’t and overcoming your habits is just impossible.

                8.The Last time you hit the gym was 2 decades ago

                With a bad sleeping habit and an addictive/bad eating behavior, getting fit is just a dream.

                You’re good at setting diet plans, but you never implement them.

                  9.Your friends always complain

                  You’re always late for an appointment, you simply don’t get along with the idea of being on time.

                    10.You are always in a hurry

                    Because to be early is boring as hell. And hard too.

                      11.You have a messy room/workplace 

                      You only clean when you have an even more boring task to do.

                        12.You are easily stressed

                        Someone with a messy life must get easily stressed, especially when the idea of not being able to get things done fast become a fundamental belief.

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                          13.You think “meditation” is a new shampoo

                          You’re so stressed that you can’t imagine life without it, relaxation is just an illusion.

                            14.Planning is something you can only find in Game Of Thrones

                            The number of the uncompleted plans you commit yourself to is bigger than the number of episodes of your favorite show. Planning is something that only happens in movies or in GOT.

                              15.And you’re waking up when it comes to deadlines

                              The inner voice only screams when you’re running out of time. You only take action when you’re threatened with a “Must do”.

                                16.Because it never seems to be late

                                You always have enough time. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

                                  17.And you’re one of Bill Gates’ favorites

                                  You’ve always find yourself in this quote:

                                  “I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it” – Bill Gates

                                    18.You enjoy dreaming about the future

                                    When you don’t know how to motivate yourself to work, your day dreaming becomes an addiction.

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                                      19.It always seems very easy until you do it

                                      You see people making it and it looks easy but when you try it it’s not. This goes from a body transformation to a business plan. You’re easily excited but never get along with the hard work.

                                        20.The most boring tasks become sexy

                                        From grabbing something from supermarket to paying your phone bills, every boring task become enjoyable except the task you procrastinate. Remember your school days.

                                          21.While facebook is your best friend

                                          The place where all the fun begins, is where you check your “seven-years-haven’t-seen” friend’s status, and the never-ending notifications from people liking your latest post. You spend more time on facebook than the time you spend to get things done.

                                            22.As are excuses

                                            You simply believe you can’t, which is the biggest excuse someone can give.

                                              23.Your kitchen is where you grab motivation

                                              You simply can get your butt off to work and you hope food can do it for you. It’s just another excuse to keep away from what scares you or what makes you feel helpless.

                                                24.You have no weekends

                                                Because you don’t know when to rest, your nights and days are the same. Weekends are when you work and midweeks is when you rest. You’re far from being organized.

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                                                  25.Waking up from “why are you late?” phone calls happens too often

                                                  How many times has your boss called you up for being late and you were sleeping? You know better.

                                                    26.You become a Pepsi man

                                                    Except for Redbull, coffee and tea.

                                                      27.When you love full hours

                                                      You’re in love with full hours. When it’s 7.51 you promise you’ll start at 8.00 and when it’s 8.32 you set the alarm for 9.00.

                                                        28.You’re a “desktop games” fan

                                                        Spider solitaire, Sodoku, bubble shooter, and Packman, all are on your phone or laptop. They’re your work buddies.

                                                          29.If you have a single wish, it is to have more self-discipline.

                                                          You really believe in that.

                                                            30.You are the best at giving advice you never listen to

                                                            You tell people what to do, because you’re a master of research for better ways to get things done, but you never tried them yourself.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Matt Gibson via flickr.com

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                                                              How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

                                                              How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

                                                              It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. There are, of course, tasks which successful people may not like at all, yet they find motivation to complete them because they recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.

                                                              So how to stay motivated most of the time? Here are 5 simple yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and get what you want:

                                                              1. Find Your Good Reasons

                                                              Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of good reasons behind it.

                                                              You may not be able to find good reasons to do some tasks at first but, if you take just a few moments to analyze them, you will easily spot something good. We also have many tasks which don’t need any reasoning at all – we’ve been doing them for so long that they feel natural.

                                                              If you’re ever stuck with some tasks you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever, here’s what you need to do: find your good reasons.

                                                              Even when you set goals, there needs to be reasons behind these goals. They may not be obvious, but stay at it until you see some, as this will bring your motivation back and will help you finish the task.

                                                              Some ideas for what a good reason can be:

                                                              • A material reward – quite often, you will get paid for doing something you normally don’t like doing at all.
                                                              • Personal gain – you will learn something new or will perhaps improve yourself in a certain way.
                                                              • A feeling of accomplishment – at least you’ll be able to walk away feeling great about finding the motivation and courage to complete such a tedious task.
                                                              • A step closer to your bigger goal – even the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on simple and far less pleasant tasks than you might be working on. Every task you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal, and acknowledging this always feels good.

                                                              2. Make It Fun

                                                              When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything. Different people may have completely opposite feelings towards the same task: some will hate it, others will love it.

                                                              Why do you think this happens? It’s simple: some of us find ways to make any task interesting and fun to do!

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                                                              Take sports for example. Visiting your local gym daily for a half-an-hour workout session sounds rather boring to some. Yet many others love the idea!

                                                              They like exercising not only because they recognize the good reasons behind it, but simply because it’s fun! At certain time of their daily schedule, they find going to gym to be the best thing to do, simply because nothing else will fit their time and lifestyle so perfectly.

                                                              Depending on how you look at it, you can have fun doing just about anything! Just look for ways of having fun, and you’ll find them!

                                                              A simple approach is to start working on any task by asking yourself a few questions:

                                                              • How can I enjoy this task?
                                                              • What can I do to make this task fun for myself and possibly for others?
                                                              • How can I make this work the best part of my day?

                                                              As long as you learn to have the definite expectation of any task being potentially enjoyable, you will start to feel motivated.

                                                              Some of you will probably think of a thing or two which are valid exceptions from this statement, like something you always hate doing no matter how hard you try making it fun. You’re probably right, and that’s why I don’t claim everything to be fun.

                                                              However, most tasks have a great potential of being enjoyable, and so looking for ways to have fun while working is definitely a good habit to acquire.

                                                              3. Change Your Approach And Don’t Give Up

                                                              When something doesn’t feel right, it’s always a good time to take a moment and look for a different approach for the task.

                                                              You may be doing everything correctly and most efficiently, but such approach isn’t necessarily the most motivating one. Quite often, you can find a number of obvious tweaks to your current approach which will both change your experience and open up new possibilities.

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                                                              That’s why saying “one way or another” is so common — if you really want to accomplish your goal, there is always a way; and most likely, there’s more than one way.

                                                              If a certain approach doesn’t work for you, find another one, and keep trying until you find the one which will both keep you motivated and get you the desired results.

                                                              Some people think that trying a different approach means giving up. They take pride in being really stubborn and refusing to try any other options on their way towards the goal.

                                                              My opinion on this is that the power of focus is great, but you should be focusing on your goal, and not limiting your options by focusing on just one way to accomplish it it.

                                                              4. Recognize Your Progress

                                                              Everything you may be working on can be easily split into smaller parts and stages. For most goals, it is quite natural to split the process of accomplishing them into smaller tasks and milestones. There are a few reasons behind doing this, and one of them is tracking your progress.

                                                              We track our progress automatically with most activities. But to stay motivated, you need to recognize your progress, not merely track it.

                                                              Here’s how tracking and recognizing your progress is different:

                                                              Tracking is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. Recognizing is taking time to look at a bigger picture and realize where exactly you are, and how much more you have left to do.

                                                              For example, if you’re going to read a book, always start by going through the contents table. Getting familiar with chapter titles and memorizing their total number will make it easier for you to recognize your progress as you read. Confirming how many pages your book has before starting it is also a good idea.

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                                                              You see, reading any book you will be automatically looking at page numbers and chapter titles, but without knowing the total number of pages, this information will have little meaning.

                                                              Somehow, it is human nature to always want things to happen in short term or even at once. Even though we split complex tasks into simpler actions, we don’t quite feel the satisfaction until all is done and the task is fully complete.

                                                              For many scenarios though, the task is so vast that such approach will drain all the motivation out of you long before you have a chance to reach your goal. That’s why it is important to always take small steps and recognize the positive different and progress made. This is how your motivation can sustain in long term.

                                                              5. Reward Yourself

                                                              This is a trick everyone likes: rewarding yourself is always pleasant. This is also one of the easiest and at the same time most powerful ways to stay motivated!

                                                              Feeling down about doing something? Dread the idea of working on some task? Hate the whole idea of working? You’re not alone.

                                                              Right from the beginning, agree on some deliverables which will justify yourself getting rewarded. As soon as you get one of the agreed results, take time to reward yourself in some way.

                                                              For some tasks, just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes will do.

                                                              For others, you may want to get a fresh cup of coffee and even treat yourself a dessert.

                                                              For even bigger and more demanding tasks, reward yourself by doing something even more enjoyable, like going to a cinema or taking a trip to some place nice, or even buying yourself something.

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                                                              Your progress may not seem to others like anything worth celebrating but, take time and do it anyway! It is your task and your reward, so any ways to stay motivated are good.

                                                              The more you reward yourself for the honestly made progress, the more motivated you will feel about reaching new milestones, thus finally accomplishing your goal.

                                                              Mix and Match

                                                              Now that you have these five ways of staying motivated, it is a good moment to give you the key to them all: mix and match!

                                                              Pick one of the techniques and apply it to your situation. If it doesn’t work, or if you simply want to get more motivated, try another technique right way. Mix different approaches and match them to your task for the best results.

                                                              Just think about it: Finding good reasons to work on your task is bound to helping you feel better; and identifying ways to make it fun will help you enjoy the task even more.

                                                              Or, if you plan a few points for easier tracking of your progress and on top of that, agree on rewarding yourself as you go; this will make you feel most motivated about anything you have to work through.

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